History of Sex, Love and Sexuality 1950 - 1970

About the history of sex, love, and sexuality from 1950 to 1970, introduction of the IUD, Russ Meyer's first film, the Supreme Court rules in, syphilis in the world.

1954--The World Health Organization estimated that there were 20 million syphilitics in the world.

1957--The U.S. Supreme Court, in a historic decision, held State obscenity statutes unconstitutional and said that the reading matter of adults could not be limited in order to protect children. Justice Frankfurter called it "burning the house to roast the pig."

1959--Intrauterine devices were rediscovered and developed.

1960s--Justice William O. Douglas in The Right of the People: "The idea of using obscenity to bar thoughts of sex is dangerous. A person without sex thoughts is abnormal. Sex thoughts may induce sex practices that make for better marital relations. Sex thoughts that make love attractive certainly should not be outlawed."

1960--Cameraman Russ Meyer made a movie, "The Immoral Mr. Teas," which exposed the female breast, and though the film could not be shown in legitimate theaters, it grossed more than $1 million. (Meyer made it in less than a week at a cost of $25,000.)

1963--John D. Profumo, then British Secretary of State for War, resigned after his association with call girl Christine Keeler was made public. At the time Keeler was also sleeping with a Soviet naval attache.

1964--The U.S. Supreme Court held Tropic of Cancer not constitutionally obscene by a vote of 5 to 4.

1966--Ralph Ginzburg, publisher of Eros magazine, was sent to jail for 5 years for flamboyant, obscene advertising of 2 periodicals and a book.

1966--Human Sexual Response, by Masters and Johnson, was published. (See: A Survey of Sex Surveys--1900-1975, Chap. 19.)

1967--Great Britain legalized homosexual behavior which occurred in private between consenting adults.

1967--The World Health Organization estimated there were 30 to 50 million syphilitics in the world, an increase of at least 10 million and perhaps as much as 30 million in a period of 13 years.

1968--Abortion was legalized in Great Britain.

1968--Psychiatrist Natalie Chainess said about genital deodorants" "While fostering an overt message of a feminine 'sexy' woman, the implication of need for such a spray conveys a message of women as being dirty and smelly."

1970--Abortion was legalized in New York State.

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